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Faculty and Staff

Division Introduces Color-Coded Buttons for Physical Distancing Preferences

The Division of Academic and Student Affairs will distribute buttons that employees can wear to indicate their comfort level with social greetings.

Red, yellow and green buttons with the NC State Academic and Student Affairs logo on them

Have you returned to handshakes as your default greeting for colleagues and new acquaintances, or have you switched to elbow bumps? Or, are you still not comfortable being closer than six feet apart from people around you?

As the Division of Academic and Student Affairs continues to operate in a hybrid or fully on-campus status, faculty and staff will have a new, judgment-free way to communicate their preferred greeting method. The division has designed three optional to use, color-coded buttons that employees can wear when meeting in-person if they so choose:

  • Green: open to handshakes and hugs
  • Yellow: caution, elbows only
  • Red: no contact, keep your distance

Buttons will be distributed to employees by their department heads/unit leaders in the coming days.

“Some of our employees are ready to return to handshakes and hugs while others are more cautious in social settings,” said Doneka Scott, vice chancellor and dean. “These buttons will provide a clear and easy way for faculty and staff to communicate their preferences with colleagues across the division as we ease back into more in-person meetings and events.”